Former OBRA director set for induction to Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by on September 18th, 2008 at 11:06 am

Racing at PIR

(Photo © J. Maus)

For over two decades, Candi Murray has dedicated herself to the development and promotion of bicycle racing in Oregon.

She was the director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) for 22 years before stepping down from that post in 2006 (she remains an active volunteer). During her tenure, OBRA has matured into one of the premier bike racing organizations in the country and it is the backbone of flourishing, year-round racing scene that has a very bright future.

As recognition for her dedication and leadership, Murray will be inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame next week. Murray will join seven other inductees including former Portland Trailblazer star Jerome Kersey and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield (the man behind Air Jordans and a pretty cool Surly).

What is the key to Candi’s success through the years? I think it might have something to do with her ‘have-fun-first’ mentality. Leading an organization with 4,000+ members and being responsible for everything from porta-potties to permits to individual results is not a picnic. But somehow, no matter how stressful the job becomes, Candi keeps smiling…

Here is she is in costume at a cyclocross race and she’s even been known to compete once in a while…

Cross Crusade #4 Hood River Cyclocross Race

Congratulations Candi! You and Mike (her husband who has also been a key to OBRA’s success) are the true “power behind Oregon racing.”

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    bahueh September 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Candi rocks..no doubt…I actually love it when she yells at me during a race…it lets you know everything is OK in the world and if you\’re taking things too seriously, it almost instantly takes the edge off and puts a smile on your face…

    she deserves every bit of praise she receives.

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    Zaphod September 18, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations Candi!

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    bArbaroo September 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    there are many folks that have helped make bike racing in Oregon what it is BUT Candi and Mike are definitely on the very top of the list. Congrats Candi! I\’m so glad that your contribution is being recognized in this way.

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    Grimm September 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Candi is great, and has been both kinda and very helpful in my first year of racing. Im glad to see her get some recognition for all her efforts, well deserved.

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    Russell @ Upper Echelon Fitness September 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Congrats to Candi! She is very worthy of such distinction. Having raced in every region of the Nation, I can attest there is no better racing in the USA. And Candi is a primary force in OBRA\’s success. We are so lucky to have her and benefit from the work she has done for the past couple decades. Thank you Candi and congrats!

    RC

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    robert September 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations, Candi!

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    Evan September 19, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Candi is awesome.
    Thanks for getting a shot of me in the story too!

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